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debugging – Run/install/debug Android applications over Wi-Fi?

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I thought there was a way to test your applications in development over Wi-Fi. Is this possible?

I’d love to be able to untether my phone and develop wirelessly.

How to&Answers:

See forum post Any way to view Android screen remotely without root? – Post #9.

  1. Connect the device via USB and make sure debugging is working;
  2. adb tcpip 5555. This makes the device to start listening for connections on port 5555;
  3. Look up the device IP address with adb shell netcfg or adb shell ifconfig with 6.0 and higher;
  4. You can disconnect the USB now;
  5. adb connect <DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS>:5555. This connects to the server we set up on the device on step 2;
  6. Now you have a device over the network with which you can debug as usual.

To switch the server back to the USB mode, run adb usb, which will put the server on your phone back to the USB mode. If you have more than one device, you can specify the device with the -s option: adb -s <DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS>:5555 usb.

No root required!

To find the IP address of the device: run adb shell and then netcfg. You’ll see it there.
To find the IP address while using OSX run the command adb shell ip route.

WARNING: leaving the option enabled is dangerous, anyone in your network can connect to your device in debug, even if you are in data network. Do it only when connected to a trusted Wi-Fi and remember to disconnect it when done!

@Sergei suggested that line 2 should be modified, commenting: “-d option needed to connect to the USB device when the other connection persists (for example, emulator connected or other Wi-Fi device)”.

This information may prove valuable to future readers, but I rolled-back to the original version that had received 178 upvotes.

On some device you can do the same thing even if you do not have an USB cable:

  1. Enable ADB over network in developer setting
    Screenshot Showing the option on
    It should show the IP address
  2. adb connect <DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS>:5555
  3. Disable the setting when done

Using Android Studio there is a plugin allowing you to connect USB Debugging without the need of using any ADB command from a terminal.


(No root required) There is one best, easy and with UI method for Android Studio

IntelliJ and Android Studio plugin created to quickly connect your Android device over WiFi to install, run and debug your applications without a USB connected. Press one button and forget about your USB cable.

just install plugin Android WiFi ADB

Download and install Android WiFi ADB directly from

Intellij / Android Studio: Preferences/Settings->Plugins->Browse Repositories

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Remember! for first time to initialize the device you must have to connect using usb

Alternatively, you can download the plugin from the JetBrains plugin site and install it manually in: Preferences/Settings->Plugins->Install plugin from disk.

You can connect and manage your devices easily……. for more information read here https://github.com/pedrovgs/AndroidWiFiADB


If you want to enable wireless adb on the device without connecting with a USB cable at all (root required):

  1. Install a terminal app on the device (like Android Terminal Emulator)
    Type the following
  2. su
  3. setprop service.adb.tcp.port 5555
  4. stop adbd
  5. start adbd

Since you already have the terminal opened, you can find the IP address of the device:

ip addr show

Then in your debugging environment run command:

adb connect ip.of.the.device

This will make the device to be listed as any other emulators you might have. Note that the TCP will stay opened until you reset the device.
You might also want to install a Wi-Fi Keep Alive app if you often experience disconnects.

Remember to close the TCP when connecting to public networks if you want to feel safe. You can do the following or simply restart the device:

  1. su
  2. setprop service.adb.tcp.port -1
  3. stop adbd
  4. start adbd


The adb utility does have the ability to connect to a device over TCP/IP. However, adbd is not normally listening for TCP connections.

If you want to get it running, you need an engineering device (in other words, you need root). Then follow the directions in this post:

How can I connect to Android with ADB over TCP?

Since this only works on eng devices, it’s not officially supported. Use at your own risk, expect bugs, etc.


I found my answer here:

  1. Connect Android device and adb host computer to a common Wi-Fi network accessible to both. We have found that not all access points are suitable; you may need to use an access point whose firewall is configured properly to support adb.
  2. Connect the device with USB cable to host.
  3. Make sure adb is running in USB mode on host.

    $ adb usb
    restarting in USB mode
  4. Connect to the device over USB.

     $ adb devices
     List of devices attached



    ## device
  5. Restart host adb in tcpip mode.

    $ adb tcpip 5555
    restarting in TCP mode port: 5555
  6. Find out the IP address of the Android device: Settings -> About tablet -> Status -> IP address. Remember the IP address, of the form #.#.#.#.
    sometimes its not possible to find the IP-address of the android device, as in my case. so u can get it using adb as the following:
    $ adb shell netcfg
    and the should be in the last line of the result.

  7. Connect adb host to device:

    $ adb connect #.#.#.#
    connected to #.#.#.#:5555
  8. Remove USB cable from device, and confirm you can still access device:

    $ adb devices
    List of devices attached
    #.#.#.#:5555 device

You’re now good to go!

If the adb connection is ever lost:

  1. Make sure that your host is still connected to the same Wi-Fi network your Android device is.
  2. Reconnect by executing the “adb connect” step again.
  3. Or if that doesn’t work, reset your adb host:

     adb kill-server

and then start over from the beginning.


For all , this , there exists a better method (EASIEST METHOD) :

1 ) A plugin for Android studio exits , called Android wifi ADB

2) Go to file -> settings -> Plugins -> Browse Repositories

3) Look for Android WiFi ADB , click on INSTALL , and then restart on prompt

4) You will see a new icon , which is your new plugin .

Now to make this work :

5) Go to your phone’s developer option and enable DEBUGGING (must)


7) Attach your phone via USB , and make sure , both phone and your pc/laptop are connected to the same network (either hotspot or wifi)


9) Your phone get’s detected and get’s connected over wifi/hotspot , and hence now you may disconnect the usb . This is a one time process , hence you may not need to keep phone connected over usb .

This will save your phone from irregular charges and also , a remedy for short length usb cables .


I wrote a shell script which can let you debug an Android device via Wi-Fi.

Here is the code:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
#Notice: if unable to connect to [ip]:5555,
#try adb kill-server then try again.

adb shell ip route > addrs.txt
#Case 1:Nexus 7
# dev wlan0  proto kernel  scope link  src

#Case 2: Smartsian T1,Huawei C8813
#default via dev eth0  metric 30
# via dev eth0  metric 30
# via dev eth0  metric 30
# dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src  metric 30
# dev eth0  scope link  metric 30

ip_addrs=$(awk {'if( NF >=9){print $9;}'} addrs.txt)

echo "the device ip address is $ip_addrs"

echo "connecting..."

rm addrs.txt

adb tcpip 5555

adb connect "$ip_addrs"


After a long search I found :

I must run

adb connect <device_ip_address>:5555 

after disconnecting USB.


For Windows:

Step 1. Make a batch file with the below commands and call the file w.bat.

Step 2. Copy the below contents in w.bat, and save it in any of the folders which are in %path% of your Windows system

echo ***Get phone in Wi-Fi mode***
echo ***Get phone in Wi-Fi mode***

adb devices
echo ***Remove cable from the phone now***
adb tcpip 9000

adb connect
adb connect
adb connect
adb connect
adb connect
adb connect

//<– Till here –>

Step 3. Connect your phone and PC with a cable

Step 4. Ensure the phone is in Wi-Fi mode

Step 5. Remove the cable when the batch file tells you to

Step 6. Type w.bat on the Windows prompt (start -> run -> type CMD, press Enter) (black screen is Windows DOS prompt), if you copied it in one of the path folders then you can run from anywhere, else run from the folder where you created this file.

The output of the batch file will be something like this:


C:\Windows\System32>echo ***Get phone in Wi-Fi mode***
***Get phone in Wi-Fi mode***

C:\Windows\System32>echo ***Get phone in Wi-Fi mode***
***Get phone in Wi-Fi mode***

C:\Windows\System32>adb devices
List of devices attached
d4e9f06 device

C:\Windows\System32>echo ***Remove cable from the Phone now***
***Remove cable from the Phone now***

C:\Windows\System32>adb tcpip 9000
restarting in TCP mode port: 9000

C:\Windows\System32>adb connect
unable to connect to

C:\Windows\System32>adb connect
connected to

C:\Windows\System32>adb connect
unable to connect to

C:\Windows\System32>adb connect
unable to connect to

C:\Windows\System32>adb connect
unable to connect to

C:\Windows\System32>adb connect
unable to connect to

Note 1: Find this in the output, (ignore all ->unable to connect<- errors)

connected to xxx.xxx.x.x:9000

If you see this in the result, just remove the cable from PC and go to Eclipse and run to install the app on the device; that should be it.

Note 2: DISCONNECT OR TO SWITCH WIRELESS MODE OFF: Type the below command. It should say restarting in USB mode – at this stage PC and computer should NOT be connected with a cable:

C:\Users\dell>adb usb
restarting in USB mode

Note 3: Steps to find the IP address of the phone (taken from Stack Overflow)

Find IP address of MY PHONE:

a. Dial *#*#4636#*#* to open the Testing menu.
b. In the Wi-Fi information menu: click Wi-Fi Status
c. Wi-Fi status can be blank for the first time
d. Click Refresh Status

Note 4: My Phone Wi-Fi connection IP address range typically is as the mentioned IP addresses below,

Note 5: if you get any other sequence of IP addresses which keep getting reassigned to your phone, you can just change the IP address in the w.bat file.

Note 6: This is a brute-force method, which eliminates all manual labor to keep finding IP address and connecting to Eclipse / Wi-Fi.

SUCCESS Note 7: So in short, the regular activity would be something like this:

Step 1. Connect PC and Wi-Fi via a cable
Step 2. Start CMD - to go to Windows DOS prompt
Step 3. Type "w"
Step 4. Find connected command in the output
Step 5. Success, remove cable and start using Eclipse


Install plugin Android WiFi ADB

Download and install Android WiFi ADB directly from Android Studio:

File > Settings->Plugins->Browse Repositories-> Android WiFi ADB ->Install ->Connect with cable for first time -> Click on “Connect” -> Now remove cable and start doing debug/run.

Check ss for your reference :

Android WiFi ADB


To complete the answer of @usethe4ce, if you have more than one device or emulators, the adb tcpip 5555 will give error: more than one device/emulator.

In this case you need to give the serial number of the desired device:

  1. adb devices

    List of devices attached

    33001229 device

    emulator-5554 device

  2. adb -s 33001229 tcpip 5555
  3. Find your device’s IP in my case I can find it from the device’s wifi connected settings.
  4. adb connect xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:5555


Following steps are standard ones to follow( mostly same as previous answers):-

  • adb tcpip 5555.
  • adb connect your_device_ip_address.
  • adb devices (to see if devices got connected).

But in some cases above steps gives error like “unable to connect to device. Make sure that your computer and your device are connected to the same WiFi network.” And you notice the devices are already on the same network.

In this case, install this plugin “Wifi ADB Ultimate” and follow below steps.

  1. Connect the device once through USB.
  2. Refresh the list to check whether its connected.
  3. Go to About Phone > Status > IP Address and note your IP address(e.g.
  4. Come back to Android Studio and fill in this IP as done in below photo and hit the run button.

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Now, you are good to go!


>##    open command prompt with Run as Administrtor ##

    adb connect ipdevice:5037


The best way is using ADBConnect (Eclipse plugin) and ADB Wireless (app for Android device).


For Ubuntu / Linux:

  1. Make sure your device is working for debugging: http://developer.android.com/tools/help/adb.html#Enabling
  2. Go to your sdk folder and find the folder platform-tools
  3. Use ./adb devices to list the connected devices. Make sure it is only one device connected and no emulator running.
  4. Find your device IP address, you can find it in your device:
    http://developer.android.com/tools/help/adb.html#wireless, or got adb shell like this: ./adb shell then netcfg. You will see a list of IP addresses. Find wlan0, in my case
  5. ./adb tcpip 5555
  6. Finally enter ./adb connect <Your device IP Address>:5555 in your terminal. You can now deploy the application to your device over Wi-Fi.


Note :- Android Phone must be rooted and no need of usb cable.

Install wifi adb in android phone from playstore

link :-https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ttxapps.wifiadb

For Windows

I am using this technique , which is very easy.

1) download adb :

link : https://www.dropbox.com/s/mcxw0yy3jvydupd/adb-setup-1.4.3.exe?dl=0

2) Run exe :- when you see blue screen press y enter .
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3) Now open your wifi adb apk , just grant root permission and must be remember you android phone and system on the same network by wifi or hotspot .

4) Open Wifi adb apk , you will get some ip address like , adb connect
Note this ip may be very from system to system , now put this information to your command prompt and hit Enter .

5) Open cmd from anywhere enter adb connect .

6) Finally you successfully connected to adb . it will show message like
connected to

For Mac Os

This is the easiest way and will provide automatic updates.

1)Install homebrew

ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

2)Install adb

brew cask install android-platform-tools

3)Start using adb

adb devices

4) Open Wifi adb apk , you will get some ip address like , adb connect Note this ip may be very from system to system , now put this information to your terminal and hit Enter .

5) Open terminal in mac os from anywhere enter adb connect .

6) Finally you successfully connected to adb . it will show message like connected to

I hope its help you ,Thank You !


Best and super easy way to do this is:-

  1. Make a batch file :-

adb devices

adb tcpip 5555

adb connect ( Your phone ip xxx.xxx.x.xxx:5555 )

  1. Place this file into your android sdk platform-tool folder.
    Example:- C:\Users\’user_name’\AppData\Local\Android\Sdk\platform-tools

  2. Right click file > sendto > Desktop(create shortcut )

  3. That’s it….

Now you just need to connect your phone through USB , then open desktop shortcut and disconnect your phone…


One imp point probably missed here – once you do a adb remount – the TCP connection is lost hence you have to do a adb connect IP:port once over again


  1. In Device Settigs-> “Developer options” -> “Revoke USB debugging authorizations”.
  2. Connect the device via USB and make sure debugging is working.
  3. adb tcpip 5555
  4. adb connect <DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS>:5555
  5. Disconnect USB
  6. adb devices


I wrote a simple script for Windows:

Step 1. Make a batch file with the below commands and call the file wifi_dedug.bat and copy the below contents:

    adb tcpip 5555
    adb shell "ip addr show wlan0  | grep 'inet ' | cut -d' ' -f6|cut -d/ -f1" > tmpFile 
    set /p ip= < tmpFile 
    @echo %ip%
    del tmpFile
    @echo %ip%
    adb connect %ip%

Step 2. connect your device to pc.

Step 3. start batch file (key enter when requested)

Step 4. disconnect your device and deploy/debug via wifi.


Steps for Android Wifi debugging with ADB:

$> adb devices   // check all usb debuggable devices connected.

$> adb -d shell  // Access device shell.

shell> ifconfig  // Check and copy wifi ip-address eg:

shell> exit      // Exit from android device shell.

$> adb tcpip 5000   // open TCP port 5000 (or any available)

$> adb connect  // connect to device via wifi ip over specific TCP port.

$> adb devices   // you will get debuggabled android device over wifi.

Required: Connect your android device to computer via USB with
developer mode enabled. Also connect your android device and computer
to same wifi router (or use tethering).


Download the app Wifi ADB on the play store. Very easy to use and works like a charm! 🙂


Connect the device via USB and make sure debugging is working. these steps are taken if you already have installed adb and set it’s path in environment varialbe

  1. open cmd and type the following
  2. adb tcpip 5555
  3. find the IP address with adb shell ip route
  4. adb connect DEVICE_IP_ADDRESS:5555
  5. Disconnect USB and proceed with wireless debugging.


Radu Simionescu’s answer worked for me. Thank you. For those who are unable to see the ip address of their android device, go to
Settings > Wireless > Wi-Fi
and then long press the wifi which you are connected to. Then select Modify network config check on Show Advance Options and the scroll to IP address section.

After installing adb in your system, do run
killadd adb and adb start-server
to refresh adb. Sometimes we could get issues like here


android Wireless Debugging (MAC)

step 1: go to sdk folder (common path “/Users/macname/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools”)
open cmd here run “adb devices”
output – List of devices attached

if adb command not found in cmd type
./adb –help
OS X / macOS: typically ~/.profile or ~/.bash_profile
Add the following line there and replace the path with the one where you installed platform-tools:

step 2:
$ export PATH=”/Users/macname/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools”:$PATH

step 3:
$ adb devices
List of devices attached
ZH99FF7FTY device

step 4:
$ adb tcpip 5555
restarting in TCP mode port: 5555

step 5:
$ adb connect
connected to

Next Time repeat step 4 and 5 to reconnect
Or if Device reboot and not connect follow step again


first you shold connect your device with usb to pc after that run cmd and drag and drop adb.exe that is in sdk/platform-tools path and write below code :

    ....\Sdk\platform-tools\adb.exe devices

    .....\Sdk\platform-tools\adb.exe tcpip 5555

    .....\Sdk\platform-tools\adb.exe connect Ip address:5555


When you follow the above answer https://stackoverflow.com/a/10236938/6117565, you might get the error “No route to host”.

To fix that, before step 5 in the above answer, first, start your emulator then try the connecting device. Don’t know what is happening but this trick works.


Though there are so many good answers, here is my two cents for the future me 😛 and for anyone who wants it quick and easy.

For Mac:

  • connect the device using USB first and make sure debugging is working. Disconnect any other devices and quit emulators.
  • open terminal and run the following script

    adb tcpip 5555
    adb connect $(adb shell ifconfig | grep "inet " | grep -v | awk '{print $2}' | cut -d: -f2):5555
  • disconnect USB connection and the device should be available for WiFi debugging


adb tcpip 5555 commands the device to start listening for connections on port 5555

adb connect $(_ip_address_fetched_):5555 tells to connect on port 5555 of the _ip_address_fetched_ address

where _ip_address_fetched_ includes following:

adb shell ifconfig getting internet configurations using adb shell

grep "inter " filter any line that starts with inter

grep -v exclude localhost.

At this point, output should be like:

inet addr:













awk '{print $2}' get the second part of the components array, separated by space (I’m using zsh).

The output up to this point is







cut -d: -f2 split the string by delimiter : and take second part. It will only take your device IP address


I use adb shell ip -f inet addr show wlan0 to find the device ip after adb tcpip 5555.

Newer version deprecated adb netcfg. Thus this is the correct way to find the ip of the device when the interface name is wlan0 (default interface name).


That is too much simple…

Step 1:

connect mobile to laptop (PC)
find adb path in Eclipse or Go Tast manager (<kbd>Ctrl</kbd> + <kbd>Shift</kbd> + <kbd>Esc</kbd>) -> process -> adb.exe -> right-click -> open file location -> copy the path of the open window (like D:\.....)

Step 2:

open cmd and change directory like C:, D:, E:, and G:
 1: C:\Users\UMT>D:
 2: D:\> cd (past path of adb) like (ANDROID eclipse\Eclipse Setup\adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-202\sdk\plat-form-tools) and press enter
 3: Then type `adb tcpip 5555`. Press <kbd>Enter</kbd> ... make sure your mobile connects to the PC

Step 3:

Open new cmd and same above, go to the adb directory and type
adb connect 192.168.x.x(device ip):5555
press enter now connect it.

Device IP address: Setting -> About phone -> Status -> IP address